New Delhi, November 5 - The skirmish between the Akali protestors and the police at India Gate
would have taken a bloodier turn had it not been for the courage and the presence of mind shown by
Mrs Kiran Bedi, Deputy Commissioner of Police.
An Akali jatha had been stopped by the police from the
congregation venue. The Akalis were insistent on courting arrest. When an attempt was made to herd
them into waiting police vans, they turned militant and said that they would go in DTC buses.
The protestors soon became restive and started provoking
group of Akalis brandishing their swords made a collective attempt to break the police cordon.
While the policemen retreated, Mrs Kiran Bedi, alone and with a small baton in her hand, charged
the crowd to foil their attempts. Despite the fact, that some Akalis surrounded her for a while
and hit her with lathis on her helmet, Mrs Kiran Bedi still managed to face them and forced them
to retreat. Shockingly, none of the policemen dared came to her rescue while she was being hit
with sticks by the Akalis.